The Week Ahead: Today’s Top Tune 11.13 – 11.17.17

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We start the week Franz Ferdinand who has a new album in 2018 and will be in Los Angeles in the Spring. We follow that with a brooding song from Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. We turn to elegant singer Hamish Anderson for a bit of the blues, check in with Fever Ray, who taps into the surreal, and wrap it up with Calexico‘s latest work, which sounds a bit more edgy. It’s all ready to go!

Monday, Nov 13:

Franz Ferdinand: Always Ascending

It’s been ten years since Franz Ferdinand burst onto the scene with its dazzling groove. Since then its sold 10 million records, won the coveted Mercury Prize and was honored with four Grammy nominations. As the band preps its newest album for a 2018 release, we hear a sonically rich dance-floor-friendly song in Always Ascending.

​​Tuesday, Nov 14:

Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions: Sleep

Enigmatic frontwoman Hope Sandoval ​met My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm Ó’Cíosóig almost two decades ago in a dark London nightclub. There they forged their collaboration and influential sound. ​Sleep has all the trademarks we expect — romantic, brooding and alluring. ​

​​Wednesday, Nov 15:

Hamish Anderson: Trouble

Anne Litt describes Aussie rocker Hamish Anderson’s take on the blues as “elegant” though it’s not a word typically associated with that style. His musical influences include Son House, Tom Petty, Robert Johnson and BB King. In an odd twist of fate, Anderson was the last artist to open for King before the great master’s passing. Here’s Trouble.

Thursday, Nov 16

Calexico: End of the World with You

Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino left the arid land of Arizona for the coast of Northern California where they turned a home into a studio. The location sparked a new edgy direction as heard on the opening track of the band’s ninth album, End of the World with You. ​

Friday, Nov 17

Fever Ray: To the Moon and Back

​​​Karin Dreijer, half of the electronic duo The Knife, is back after eight years with new work as Fever Ray. Recorded in her home studio in Stockholm, her output is as surreal and striking as ever on To the Moon And Back.